ASL Lessons | Bookstore | Library | ASL University Main ►

FISH: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "fish"

In this sign for FISH, the dominant hand waves back and forth while moving forward a few inches.  This resembles the movement of a fish swimming through water.




Sample sentence: YOU SWIM SAME FISH YOU?




Another version of FISH:




If you are talking about the act of "fishing" rather than "a fish" you need to use the version of this sign which looks like you are casting a fishing line.  Do a double "cast."



Sample sentence: Do you like fishing?


CAST: If you are referring to the act of casting a line, (verb form) just do a single movement.



Suppose you want to say, "I like to eat seafood." You would sign "I LIKE EAT FISH."  Or if someone asked, "What is your favorite food?" You could answer "FISH."  Or you could answer, FISH, SHRIMP, SUSHI, VARIOUS (which would mean "seafood."  Or you could spell SEA and sign EAT.


You might see the sign FISH done with two hands. The non-dominant hand might touch the wrist of the dominant hand. The handshape of the non-dominant hand might be a flat hand or it might be an index finger.  I do not recommend this version of the sign because it takes more effort but sometimes we add the second hand on the first reference to make the sign more clear or obvious.

FISH (version) (not recommended)



Also see: FOOD


*  Want to help support ASL University?  It's easy
DONATE  (Thanks!)

Another way to help is to buy something from Dr. Bill's "Bookstore."

Want even more ASL resources?  Visit the "ASL Training Center!"  (Subscription Extension of ASLU)  

*  Also check out Dr. Bill's channel:

You can learn American Sign Language (ASL) online at American Sign Language University  
ASL resources by    Dr. William Vicars